Hare Krsna to All
Glories to Srila Prabhupada
Below is Volume three of the series of Srimad Bhagavatam Nectar lecture series delivered over time by Srila Prabhupada. What you will find is some tidbits of nectar within each of these talks that we have pulled out and saved into a file and now deliver to you for your enjoyment and spiritual illumination.
We know that many of you, if not most of you will probably not read it all, but if you just hear or read some of it, you benefit since it is transcendental vibration coming from the lotus mouth of a pure devotee of God. We also know that we dont know who will benefit from reading these things but know that somebody will derive benefit in some ways I will probably never understand. For that reason only, we continue delivering the "mail".
SB lectures Vol 3
1. 740804SB.VRN Lectures
So Narada Munigot this opportunity. Now, you can calculate. This is knowledge. Then
he had the opportunity to serve these yogis for four months only. Not
more than that. And he became Narada. Just understand how much
powerful is service to the Vaisnavas, devotees. And that is also
confirmed in the Srimad-Bhagavatam:
…All the people who are less than the sudras. They are called
pancamas, fifth grade. First grade, brahmana, second grade, ksatriya,
third grade, vaisya, fourth grade, sudra, and all others--fifth grade.
They are called candalas. The candalas... The sweeper, the cobbler,
and the... Low grade. Still, in India, these fifth-grade persons only,
they eat meat, pigs, and sometimes cows. Fifth grade. Now it has
become a practice. And he's a first-grade man. So just see. What was
the business of the fifth-grade men, that has become the business of
the so-called politicians. You see. So if you are ruled by the
fifth-grade men, then how you can be happy? That is not possible.
2. 740806SB.VRN Lectures
So before this creation. Bhutva bhutva praliyate. We are in this material
contamination not that in this millennium--before that. Just like
millennium after millennium. Narada Muni was speaking his life before
this millennium. So anadi. Anadi means creation. But not only one
creation, several creations, we are forgotten, or we are in this
material world. Krsna-bahirmukha hana bhoga vancha... We are searching
after material comfort, material comfort, sense gratification, in so
many ways. So anadi karama-phale padi' bhavarnava-jale, taribare na
dekhi upaya. In this way we are going.
3. 740806SB.VRN Lectures
Tad-dharma. Sakrt bhunje. One side is apasta-kilbisah. Kilbisah means
the sinful reaction of life. To reduce the reaction of sinful life.
Because unless we are sinful, we cannot remain within this... A
prisoner means a criminal. As soon as you find a person in the
prisonhouse you should understand that he's a criminal. That
criminality may be of different degrees, that is another thing, but
he's a criminal. Similarly, anyone, beginning from Brahma down to the
germ in the stool, they're all sinful. All sinful. People will be
surprised that "Brahma is also sinful?" Yes. Brahma has also desired
that "I shall be the supreme creature within this brahmanda, whole
universe." A little or more.
…Something belongs to somebody, and if you make a plan to possess that
thing, is it not criminal? So actually, Krsna is the bhokta. Bhoktaram
yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram. He is the proprietor, sarva-loka.
Not a single plot of land belongs to you. Isavasyam idam sarvam.
Actually Krsna is the proprietor of everything, He is the enjoyer of
everything. Then why I shall desire to enjoy and own the property?
This is criminal. This is criminal. That may be in small portion. That
is going on. The ant is also struggling for existence to possess a
grain of sugar, and somebody is trying to possess some state, and
somebody is trying to possess the whole universe. But the status of
mentality is the same. So this mentality means criminality. This
mentality: "How I shall become enjoyer? How I shall possess this?"
Krsna-bahirmukha hana bhoga vancha kare. He forgets. When one forgets
that Krsna is the enjoyer, Krsna is the proprietor, as soon as he
forgets and tries to become himself the enjoyer or himself the
proprietor, immediately maya captures.
We want this kind of God, Krsna, Urukrama. So how this Urukrama, one
can surrender? Naisam matis tavad urukrama anghrim. Anghrim means this
leg. How one can be attached? Now, what is the use of taking shelter
of Krsna's lotus feet? Because these misgivings, this garbage of
different types of desires, will be finished. So how it is possible?
Niskincananam mahiyasam pada-rajo-'bhisekam. So long one does not take
the dust of the lotus feet of a devotee who is niskincana, who has
nothing to do with this material world... But he's exalted in Krsna
consciousness. Unless you do that, there is no possibility. Mahiyasam
4. 740809SB.VRN Lectures
you, your, you are not free from the material bondage. When you become
a pure Vaisnava, then you are free from the bondage of the material
world. And to become Vaisnava, you require this devotion, bhakti.
Bhakti. Immediately, beginning of bhakti means rajas-tamopaha, upaha.
One who is situated even beginning, he is above the rajas-tamo-guna.
He's situated... Tada kama-lobha...
There is a... There is a verse. Nasta-prayesv abhadresu nityam
bhagavata-sevaya. Here the same thing is described, that
sankirtyamanam munibhir mahatmabhih. Sankirtyamanam. We have to hear
the sankirtana not from professional men. That will not be... If you
hear sankirtana from the professional men... Professional men: who
makes sankirtana as the means of livelihood. Just like people do some
business or work to get some money to maintain the life, similarly, if
somebody takes the sankirtana as the means of livelihood, that will
not help you. You can go on hearing sankirtana from such professional
men for millions of years; still, you will remain where you are, not
rajas-tamopaha. You cannot get out of the bondage of... Therefore you
have to hear from the sankirtyamanam munibhir mahatmabhih. Mahatma.
Mahatma means mahatmanas tu mam partha daivim prakrtim asritah,
bhajanty ananya-manasah. Mahatma means those who have finished thismaterial business.
5. 740810SB.VRN Lectures
accept me as the chief of this institution. There must be one chief.
Otherwise there will be no management. It will be chaotic. So we are
atma, and Krsna is also atma. But He is Paramatma. We are isvara.
Krsna is also isvara. But He's Paramesvara. Therefore we have named
"Godhead" purposefully, not "God." We don't say "Back to God." We say,
"Back to Godhead.""Head" means the chief. Everyone can claim that "I
am God," because everyone has got some power, little power. But not
the supreme power. That is Krsna.
6. 740811SB.VRN Lectures
Unfortunately, it has become a fashion now to interpret
Bhagavad-gita in their own foolish way and mislead the public. This I
have repeatedly spoken in many places, that in the Western countries
so many swamis and yogis, they went there. For the last, at least, one
hundred years. One hundred years, from India many swamis and yogis had
been... Still they are going. But they could not turn even a single
person to Krsna consciousness. Not a single person. Throughout the
whole history of these hundred years of swamis going to the Western
countries, but could not turn even a single soul to understand Krsna.
This is a fact. It is not that I am very proud. No. The truth must be
spoken. Why they could not do so? The defect was that they did not say
what Krsna said directly. They said their own words. They manufactured
their own philosophy….. This is mercifulness. A guru's business is to deliver
the same message as Krsna said. Then he's dina-vatsala. Otherwise, if
he says something else, he's a cheater. He's not guru…
7. 740811SB.VRN Lectures
living entities, we have got independence--but dependent on the
independence of Krsna. Not absolute independence. So... Therefore we
become entangled in our own karma. Krsna does not give anyone a
position or karma. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, that He does
not give anyone a better position or anyone an inferior position.
Everyone creates his own position. Krsna simply orders that "This is
your position. Now you enjoy or suffer." We create our own position.
8. 740813SB.VRN Lectures
Naisthika-brahmacari. So brahmacari, grhastha, then not to stuck up
with the family affairs up to the end of death. No. At a certain
stage, after fifty years, he must give up. That is called vanaprastha.
And then, after being trained up in vanaprastha very nicely, he takes
sannyasa. This is brahmana's..., four asrama. And for the ksatriya, up
to vanaprastha. Up to vanaprastha. Just like Maharaja Yudhisthira and
all the brothers, they left home, but the wife was there. That is
called vanaprastha. They did not take sannyasa. Ksatriya. Up to
vanaprastha. Vaisyas. No vanaprastha, no sannyasa. Up to grhastha.
Brahmacari... Brahmacari is compulsory for the dvija. Because there is
the training. And for the sudra there is no brahmacari. Only grhastha,
married. Otherwise, life will be very irregular. So in this way
varnasrama. So there are duties.
9. 740816SB.VRN Lectures
How I shall know that I have satisfied Him or dissatisfied Him?" No, sastra
says, "Yes..." It doesn't matter. Therefore it is called parampara.
Parampara. As you receive the knowledge from Krsna, from Arjuna, and
from Narada, from Brahma, like that, come down to your spiritual
master, similarly, as you receive the knowledge step by step, one
after another, similarly, you satisfy also the Supreme Personality of
Godhead from this step, this step, this step, this step. This is the
process. Just like you come down step by step by step by step,
similarly you go up step by step by step by step.
So this is the process, bhagavat-tosanam or hari-tosanam. Also this
way. And to receive the knowledge from Bhagavan, that is also
parampara system. The parampara system must be maintained, and if it
is done nicely, then as it is stated here, yad atra kriyate, whatever
you do, that is for your perfection. If you keep this parampara system
and if you try to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead, then
whatever you do, that is perfection. It doesn't matter. The test is
whether Krsna is satisfied, whether your spiritual master is
satisfied. Then you are perfect.
Thank you very much. (end)
10. 740817SB.VRN Lectures
Prabhupada: So many ways we can remember Krsna always. That... (break)
...somebody is chanting Hare Krsna, that is all right, but why the
necessity of initiation? Initiation means the disciples agree to
accept the instruction of the spiritual master and Krsna accepts the
disciple immediately to give him a spiritual body. This is the
process. Otherwise, there is no need of initiation. One is chanting,
one can chant... (break) ...it is the factual connection. And this
connection means he gets immediately a spiritual body. In this body,
his spiritual... His material body is transformed into... (break) But
if there is any reservation... (break) ...it will take time. (break)
...our spiritual body. (break) ...means existence.
... to merge into the personal body of Krsna. Or you can take the
bodily effulgence or the rays of the body. Everything is absolute.
(aside:) Who is talking? So merge into the Brahman effulgence, that is
also Krsna's bodily rays. Yasya prabha. So we are a small particle. So
we, we merge into the Brahman effulgence. Brahman effulgence means
collection of so many Brahmans together. That is Brahman effulgence.
Unlimited number. Anantyaya kalpate. We are a small particle.
Kesagra-sata-bhagasya satadha kalpitasya ca....
12. 751014SB.JOH Lectures
pranidadhyau manah svayam. So in that asrama... Formerly, big, big
saintly persons, they used to live in forest asrama. Now they have to
come far away from asrama to South Africa because people have
forgotten. Formerly, big, big persons, they used to visit the asrama,
but nowadays people are not interested. Anartha. They are captivated
by the material, external energy. It is said that... Not only now,
formerly also, but formerly the number of people who were not
interested were very, very small. At the present moment, the number of
interested people are very, very small. That is the difference.
Kali-yuga. Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He inaugurated this Krsna
consciousness movement, that people in this age are no more interested
in their value of life. They are in darkness. Therefore Vaisnava,
under the instruction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, should go door to
door, country to country, town to town, and preach Krsna consciousness
for their benefit.
13. 750418SB.VRN Lectures
Vedanta means the ultimate knowledge. Veda means knowledge; anta means the last contribution. So under the instruction of Narada Muni, Vyasadeva first of all made his
life perfect. Yes. How he made his life perfect? Because if you write
books without any perfection, that will not be effective. One has to
become perfect before he writes some books. Just like nowadays
especially in the western countries they write any rascal ideas under
the name of philosophy or science, "Perhaps," "It may be." That is not
the system in the Vedic civilization. Vedic civilization, people,
those who are advanced in Vedic knowledge, they'll write. Vedic
knowledge is called sruti, and if you write following the principles
of sruti, then it is smrti.
14. 750423SB.VRN Lectures
Soka-moha-bhaya, these things are our constant companions. Soka. Soka
means lamenting, and moha means illusion. And bhaya, bhaya means
fearfulness. So we are embarrassed with these things always: soka,
moha and bhaya. Soka: we are always lamenting, "This thing I have
lost. I have lost this business. I have lost my son. I have lost...,"
so many. Because it is, after all, a losing business. To exist in this
material world means it is a losing business. There will be no profit.
Therefore whatever we are working for, searching after, real
happiness, if it is not devotional service, then the Bhagavata says,
srama eva hi kevalam: "Simply working for nothing, and the gain is
So if we want to get relief from the suffering, then it is
recommended, yasyam vai sruyamanayam. If we regularly hear
Srimad-Bhagavatam, this satvata-samhita,... Yasyam vai sruyamanayam.
Sruyamana means simply hearing, sravanam. Then, by hearing, what will
be the effect? The effect will be krsne parama-puruse, krsne
parama-puruse bhaktir utpadyate: "The Supreme Person, Krsna, unto Him
your devotional service will be increased.
15. 750423SB.VRN Lectures
Here in the Srimad-Bhagavatam the so-called manufactured religious system
is kicked out. It is meant for the paramahamsa. Nirmatsaranam.
Nirmatsara means one who does not become envious. So our enviousness,
our envy has begun from Krsna. We don't accept Krsna. Mostly they will
say, "Why Krsna should be only the Supreme Person? There are many
others." That is envy. So our enviousness has begun from Krsna, and
therefore it has expanded in so many ways. And in our ordinary life we
are envious. We are envious of our friends, envious of our father, our
son even, what to speak of others--businessmen, nation, society,
community, only enviousness. Matsarata. "Why he should go ahead?" I
become envious. This is material nature.
So when one understands Krsna, he is Krsna conscious, he becomes
nonenvious, no more envious. He wants to become friend. Suhrdah
sarva-bhutanam. So this Krsna consciousness movement means we want to
become friends of everyone.
16. 760818SB.HYD Lectures
Without being on the platform moksa, nobody can enter into the bhakti
It is a misconception that bhakti helps moksa. Somebody says, it is
not the opinion of the sastra. Bhakti begins when one is already
liberated. Moksa. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma. Without Brahman, without
Brahman realization, aham brahmasmi, there cannot be jubilation,
prasannatma.... So that is liberated stage. So when one has come to the liberated
stage, from there he can begin mad-bhaktim labhate param. Bhakti means
the activities of the liberated stage. That is not material things. So
this Krsna consciousness movement is little difficult to understand
because these activities are for the persons who have already attained
moksa. Sa gunan samatityaitan brahma-bhuyaya kalpate. In the
Bhagavad-gita also it is stated,
So do not misunderstand that bhakti is lower than something else.
There are karma, jnana, yoga, bhakti. Bhakti is the ultimate. So if
you want to understand the Supreme Absolute Truth, take from His
instruction, bhaktya mam abhijanati yavan yas casmi tattvatah…
17. 760818SB.HYD Lectures
This is the prediction of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. As many town and
villages are there all over the world, this Krsna consciousness
movement will be spread. So there is no credit for me, but it is only
a teeny attempt, and humble attempt. So if one man could do, if you
say, some success, why not all of us? Caitanya Mahaprabhu has given
power of attorney to all Indians. Bharata-bhumite haila manusya-janma
yara. He's speaking to the manusya, not to the cats and dogs. So
manusya-janma yara janma sarthaka kari'. First of all, try to
understand what is the purpose of life. That is called janma sarthaka.
Janma sarthaka kari' kara para-upakara. Go. Everywhere there is very
good demand for Krsna consciousness.
18. 760905SB.VRN Lectures 2/2
This is the statement, that remain in your place, but hear from the
authorities about Krsna, then everything will be clear. Srnvatam
sva-kathah krsnah punya-sravana-kirtanah. Even if you do not
understand a word, but if you hear from the realized soul about Krsna,
then, hrdy antah-stho hy abhadrani vidhunoti suhrt satam. Krsna is
situated in everyone's heart, isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese 'rjuna
tisthati. If we become sincere to hear about Krsna, then Krsna will
help us. Tesam satata-yuktanam bhajatam priti-purvakam, dadami
buddhi-yogam. He'll give ...
19. 760906SB.VRN Lectures
So the advantage we must take. What is that advantage? Yasyam vai
sruyamanayam. If you simply hear, that's all. Just like you are
hearing. If you kindly come here and listen the instruction of the
Srimad-Bhagavatam, you become perfect. Simply by hearing. You haven't
got to make any gymnastic or any physical labor. Simply come into the
temple. Man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. Simply see the Deity. Naturally
you will think of Deity: "Oh, how nicely the Lord is dressed." That is
thinking. Man-manah. Immediately thinking. The temple is constructed
after spending so much money. Why? To give you chance of thinking.
Because there is the beginning. It is not the money is wasted. Rascals
are thinking that "Unnecessarily they have spent so much money." No.
Paropakara, giving chances to the rascal people to come here and see
the Deity and think of Krsna, this is wanted. If he simply thinks,
"Oh, how Krsna is nicely dressed," that is thinking. Man-manah. And if
you offer little obeisances, mam namaskuru, then you still make
further progress. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru.
And if you hear about Himself, in this way you become perfect
20. 760906SB.VRN Lectures
"What is the use of bhakti? Let me enjoy." No. It is required, if you
are serious. What is that required? Soka-moha-bhayapaha. Things are
going on soka, moha and bhaya. Bhaya means fearfulness. Even a small
bird, he's also fearful. You see the bird is sitting up. It is not
coming down. Why? Sometimes it comes down when we are not there. What
is that? Fearfulness. Fearfulness. It is a small bird. We have nothing
to do with them. Nobody has got... But still it is fearful. So any
body, any material body you accept there will be fearfulness. And why
you are fearful? There is loss and gain. So when there is loss there
is soka, and the soka..., and fearfulness is moha, illusion--because I
don't belong to this material world. Artificially you have accepted
this body. On account of this body I am subjected to these principles:
soka, moha, bhaya. So as you become advanced in Krsna consciousness,
more and more you advance, then these three things--soka, moha,
bhaya--will be completely eradicated. That is the gain of bhakti-yoga.
Thank you very much. (end)
21. 760907SB.VRN Lectures
So this samhita... Samhita means Vedic literature. There are many
rascals, they say that "Bhagavata was not written by Vyasadeva, it was
written by some Bopadeva." They say like that. Mayavadis, the
Nirisvaravadi. Because although Nirisvaravadi, or Mayavadi leader
Sankaracarya, he wrote comments on Bhagavad-gita, but he could not
touch Srimad-Bhagavatam, because in the Srimad-Bhagavatam the things
are so nicely set up, krtvanukramya, that it is not possible by the
Mayavadis to prove that God is impersonal. They cannot do it. Nowadays
they are doing, reading Bhagavatam in their own way, but that does not
appeal to any sane man. Sometimes I have seen a big Mayavadi is
explaining one verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam, that "Because you are
God, therefore if you are pleased, then God is pleased." This is their
philosophy. "You do not require to please God separately. So if you
are pleased by drinking wine, then God is pleased." This is their
explanation. Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu has condemned this Mayavadi
commentary. Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said, mayavadi-bhasya sunile haya
sarva-nasa. Mayavadi krsne aparadhi. He has plainly said. No
compromise. The Mayavadis, they're great offender to Krsna. Tan aham
dvisatah kruran, Krsna also says. They're very, very envious to Krsna.
Krsna is dvi-bhuja-muralidhara, syamasundara, and the Mayavadi
explains that "Krsna has no hand, no leg. This is all imagination."
How much offensive it is they do not know. But to warn people like us,
Caitanya Mahaprabhu has plainly warned that "Don't go to Mayavadis."
Mayavadi-bhasya sunile haya sarva-nasa. Mayavadi haya krsne aparadhi.
This is the statement of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
So you should be very, very careful. Don't go to hear any Mayavadi.
There are many Mayavadis in the dress of Vaisnavas. Sri Bhaktivinoda
Thakura has explained about them, that ei 'ta eka kali-cela nake
tilaka gale mala, that "Here is a follower of Kali. Although he has
got a tilaka on the nose and neck beads, but he's a kali-cela." If
he's Mayavadi, sahaja-bhajana kache mama sange laya pare bala. So
these things are there. You have come to Vrndavana. Be careful, very
careful. Mayavadi-bhasya sunile. There are many Mayavadis here, many
so-called tilaka-mala, but you do not know what is there inside. But
great acaryas, they can find out.
aikantiki harer bhaktir
They create disturbance only. Therefore we have to follow the
Gosvamis, Gosvami literature, especially Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, which
we have translated in The Nectar of Devotion, every one of you should
very carefully read and make progress. Don't be victimized by the
Mayavadi so-called Vaisnava. It is very dangerous.
…That is the, I mean to say, Vedic system--to teach the son and teach
the disciple. If one cannot teach the son--the son is disobedient--he
should give up his family life. Otherwise a father is in obligation to
teach the son properly. But if it is not possible... Sometimes it so
happens as family members, they do not take care. Otherwise
Vyasadeva's son is expected to become Sukadeva Gosvami. If not, such
family connection should be given up. Anukulyasya sankalpah
pratikulyasya varjanam. Family life, if it is favorable for advancing
Krsna consciousness, it should be accepted; otherwise it should be
rejected. Anukulyasya sankalpah pratikulyasya varjanam.
…Pravrtti-marga. Pravrttes tu... Pravrtti is natural
inclination. Anyone who has come to this material world... Pravrttir
esa bhutanam. Everyone is in the pravrtti-marga. What is that
pravrtti-marga? The pravrtti-marga is these things: sex, meat-eating,
intoxication, like that. This is pravrtti-marga. Pravrttir esa
bhutanam nivrttes tu maha-phalam. So the whole Vedic literature is
there how to make him stop this pravrtti-marga. That is the whole
plan. …they have got this general tendency. Pravrtti. You will find in
animals, in birds, in beasts, and beastly human being, two-legged
beast... There are four-legged beasts and two-legged beasts.
Four-legged beasts are the animals--cats, dogs, tigers, etc. Cows,
asses. They are four-legged beasts. And there are two-legged beasts,
dvi-pada-pasu. It is not manufactured; it is there in the sastra.
Dvi-pada-pasu. Dvi means two, and pada means legged. So any human
being who is attached to this pravrtti-marga--sex, meat-eating,
intoxication, gambling--he is dvi-pada-pasu, two-legged animals. This
22. 760908SB.VRN Lectures One who is atmarama, brahma-bhutah,aham brahmasmi, I am not this material body, no more I have to do anything for this material body. Atmarama. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma.
People are anxious, especially the karmis, how to maintain this body, when one comes to the conclusion that "I am not this body,"
naturally his interest for maintaining the body, diminishes.
Practically, it becomes nil but. Nidrahara-viharakadi-vijitau, you will
find from the behavior of the Gosvamis, they practically conquered
over the necessities of this body. But that does not mean he has to
cease all activities. The Mayavada philosophy, they say that when one
becomes brahma-bhutah, atmarama, he has nothing to do any more. No.
The sastra does not say that. Sastra says that when you become
atmarama, or brahma-bhutah, your material anxieties, material
activities, they become stopped. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma,
prasannatma, he has nothing to do.
23. 760909SB.VRN Lectures
If we study very intelligently, then we can understand how Krsna's
energy is working in varieties. You study even one flower, you'll see how varieties of
color and arrangement of the petals, everything. Don't think as the
rascals, they say "nature." What is nature? Nature is an instrument,
just like typewriter . You're typewriting... You are typewriting, not
that the typewriter typewriting. That is a mistake. Those who have
less intelligence, poor fund of knowledge, they see that the
typewriter is working. No. The typewriter means the person who is
using the machine, he is just like this microphone. Microphone is not
talking; I am talking. It is an instrument. Similarly, what we call
nature, that is an instrument only, not that nature is working. Nature
is dull. What is this microphone? It is made of dull matter. It cannot
work. But a human being has arranged these material things in such a
24. 760910SB.VRN Lectures
But these persons who are indulging unnecessary sex
life in Vrndavana, they'll have to take birth as monkeys in Vrndavana,
and then next life they'll be liberated. So otherwise, why in
Vrndavana the monkeys? They are also devotees, but they could not
proceed nicely. So animal life means stopping sinful activities, and
whatever sinful reaction is there in one life finished. We should be
very, very careful. Dhama, dhama-aparadha. In the dhama... In other
places if you chant Hare Krsna, the result of such chanting will be
increased thousand times if you chant in Vrndavana. Similarly, in
other place, the sinful activities, if you commit that sinful activity
in Vrndavana, then it will be thousand times increased. So we have to
be very careful.
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So if one takes shelter of a pure devotee... Just like electricity: the
powerhouse is far away, but the power is coming. Suppose your body is
electrified, and if I touch, then my body immediately becomes
electrified. And if somebody touches me, then other's body. This is
electric. Similarly, one who is pure devotee, he's authorized by
Krsna, he's electrified.
So if one takes shelter of a pure devotee, then he becomes
purified. Yad-apasrayasrayah sudhyanti. That is the statement given by
Sukadeva Gosvami. How the candalas can become purified? The example I
have already stated. Then at the end, Sukadeva Gosvami says,
prabhavisnave namah. This is the supreme transcendental power of
Visnu. He can do. Sometimes they say that unless the body is changed,
how a candala can become purified? Yes, body is changing. Because we
do not know how the body is changing... Krsna says in the
Bhagavad-gita, tatha dehantara-praptih. Dehantara-praptih… This is dehantara. Krsna says, the greatest authority. How you can say that there is no dehantara? He has
dehantara. Suppose in my childhood I am born in a candala family, but
if by initiation, by taking shelter of a pure devotee, I become
initiated, so dehantara is there, going on. So if I take initiation
seriously, so in the next dehantara... Suppose yesterday I was a
candala. Now by this time there is dehantara, and if I am purified by
initiation... So this argument... Dehantara, is already there.
Scientifically, in modern understanding, and on the authority of
Krsna's statement, dehantara is going on. Not that somebody was
European or... We take Europeans as mlecchas or yavanas. Yes, he was
yesterday mleccha and yavanas, but he has changed his body, and after
changing if he's initiated, then dehantara. Sudhyanti, he's purified.
So how this is possible, if we cannot understand... Because Lord
Visnu's energy is inconceivable. Inconceivable, acintya. Srila Jiva
Gosvami has discussed. Unless you accept acintya-sakti of the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, you cannot understand. You have to accept. It
is acintya, inconceivable, by us. But it is not inconceivable by the
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One has to become advanced devotee to understand how Krsna's direction
is going on. They can understand. Don't think that things are taking
place automatically. Therefore even in reverse condition a devotee
does not see that "This thing is happening without direction of
Krsna." Even if he is in an adverse condition, he does not feel any
pain, because he knows that "This adverse condition is also under the
direction of Krsna. So I am fully surrendered to Krsna. Why I shall
take this adverse position as not mercy of Krsna? It is also mercy of
Krsna." Tat te 'nukampam su-samiksamano bhunjana evatma-krtam vipakam.
A devotee is not disturbed by adverse condition. He takes that this is
a gift of Krsna. Tat te anukampam. "It is Krsna's mercy. Although I am
put into difficulty, it is Krsna's mercy."
So anyone who takes in that way, mukti-pade sa daya-bhak: his going
back to home, back to Godhead, is guaranteed. Because he takes
everything as Krsna's mercy.
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So here it is said yada mrdhe kaurava-srnjayanam. In the fight all
the parties who died, they all obtained vira-gatim. And most of them
they achieved svarupa. That is described in a different place. Svarupa
means his original, spiritual form. All the soldiers or the kings who
died, and at the time of death who were seeing Krsna--Krsna was there
in the battlefield--all of them achieved their original, spiritual
form. Svarupam. And those who did not see Krsna, they got promoted
vira-gatim, in the heavenly planet. So fight is not always bad. If it
is dharma-yuddha, according to the prescribed rules, not whimsical
fight, dharma-yuddha, then there is gain. This science is lost. There
is no such thing. Now fighting means hooliganism, vandalism,
gunda-ism. That is not fight. Here is fight: vira-gatim gate. They are
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status of training so that ultimately one can become brahmana, and
when he's fully trained up as a brahmana then he transcends the
brahmana's position, and he becomes a Vaisnava.
So to become Vaisnava is not so easy thing. One has to become
brahmana, then when he surpasses the stages of becoming brahmana then
he becomes a Vaisnava. Suddha-sattva. Sattvam visuddham…
very good scholar, you have studied so much... No. If Krsna reveals to
you, then you'll be able. That revelation is possible when you are a
devotee. Otherwise, it is not possible. Nayam atma pravacanena
So we have to wait for that opportunity when Krsna reveals. How
that revelation is possible? Atah sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved grahyam
indriyaih. By sense perception or sense speculation you cannot.
Namadi. Even the chanting of Hare Krsna mantra you cannot understand.
Atah sri-krsna-namadi. Nama, rupa, lila, parikara, vaisistya...,
everything. You cannot understand with these blunt senses. Then how?
Sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah. When you engage your
senses, purified senses. Sevonmukhe. Purified senses means when the
senses are engaged in the service of the Lord--everything--then you can…
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pacifying, aha kiritamali. Kiritamali is Arjuna. So they were directly
connected with Krsna. Draupadi's another name is Krsna. And still they
had to suffer the material pangs. Not that because one is Krsna
conscious there will be no material suffering. Actually, those who are
Krsna conscious, they have no material suffering. Although it appears
that they are suffering, they are not suffering. They can accept any
so-called suffering and accept it as mercy of Krsna. They never take
it as suffering. Tat te 'nukampam su-samiksamano bhunjana evatma-krtam
vipakam. A devotee, when he's in suffering, so-called suffering, he
accepts it as the mercy of Krsna. Tat te 'nukampam. And he rather
thanks Krsna, that "I had to suffer many more times, but You have
minimized it, giving me little suffering. So it is Your mercy." And if
anyone lives on that attitude, everything taken as Krsna's mercy, then
he is guaranteed to go back home, back to Godhead. Mukti-pade sa
daya-bhak. Daya-bhak means his going back to home, back to Godhead, is
exactly like the inheritance of property by the son. Mukti-pade sa
daya-bhak. So we should learn from the Pandavas that Krsna was always
present with them, still they had to suffer so much material
tribulations. So they were never unhappy, neither they requested Krsna
that "My dear friend Krsna, You were always with us. Still we had to
suffer." Never expressed that. That is pure devotion. Never try to
take any benefit from Krsna. Simply try to give benefit to Krsna. Do
not take any benefit from Krsna. This is pure devotion.
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.. The Mayavadi's philosopher, they put this argument that "Because we have forgotten. Now in maya we haveforgotten that we are God." So what kind of God he is if he forgets? God never says "I have forgotten." Krsna says, vedaham samatitani: "I
know past, present, future." So where is the question of forgetting?
So if somebody forgets, that God is different from the God who does
not forget. Therefore we have to accept two. Immediately you have to
accept dvaita-vada: one forgetting-God and one not-forgetting-God. You
cannot accept one. That is not possible.
And that is the fact. Just like Krsna says that "I remember when I
spoke to sun-god. You have forgotten." So there are two. Similarly,
Krsna's another name is Acyuta. He never falls down from His position.
And if we fall down from the position... Therefore we are not on the
same level. We may have some power, and we can claim that "I am
God"--that you can claim--but not that God, like Krsna. Therefore two
words are there: isvara, paramesvara. In the Brahma-samhita therefore
it is described that isvaras, there may be many, but not paramesvara.
Paramesvara is one. Isvarah paramah krsnah. So these Mayavadis, they
forget this, that isvara, paramesvara, there are two words. Atma and
paramatma, there are two words. So they are not equal. And Krsna says
mattah parataram nanyat. He is the supermost isvara. Nityo nityanam
cetanas cetananam. Although both of us are nitya, eternal, and living
entities, still, there is difference. He is supreme living entity, we
are subordinate. Prabhu and anu. Vibhu and anu.
So this philosophy is perfect, and anyone who accepts this Mayavada
philosophy, that God and living entity are on the same level, they
have got poor fund of knowledge.
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Because in this age people are interested to become sudras.
Nobody is interested to become brahmana. Technology. Technology means
sudra. Technology is not the business of a brahmana, ksatriya, or
vaisya. No. Just like blacksmith, goldsmith, carpenter, craftsman.
These are technology. They are meant for the sudras. Brahmanas, they
are to be trained up how to become truthful, how to become controller
of the senses, how to become simple, how to become tolerant. In this
way. Ksatriya--how to become strong, stout, brave, no going away when
there is challenge, not to go away from fighting, to possess land…
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Jijnasuhsreya uttamam, sabde pare ca nisnatam. One who is fully aware of the transcendental science or words, sabda, sabda-brahma. Sabda-brahma
means Vedic literature. One is completely in awareness of Vedic
knowledge. Sabde pare ca nisnatam. Nisnatam means one has taken a dip
in the ocean of this Vedic literature. Nisnatam. And what is the
result? Sabde pare ca nisnatam brahmany upasamasrayam. The Supreme
Brahman... Brahman, Paramatma, Bhagavan. Brahmani, either of them. But
Bhagavan is the best. Or, if you cannot approach Bhagavan, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, Brahman is also. Because if one is in Brahman,
he has a chance to make further progress.
But in Kali-yuga it is very difficult to go very slow. Therefore
Krsna, Caitanya Mahaprabhu and all the sastras, they are giving
directly in touch with Krsna. Step by step, it is very difficult. So
that is the special gift in this age. That is said in the
Srimad-Bhagavatam, that in this age there is a special gift. What is
that special gift? Kirtanad eva krsnasya. Kalau... In this age this
world is full of faults, but there is one facility: kirtanad eva
krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet. One can become liberated and go
back to home, back to Godhead.
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We have learned from our Guru Maharaja that preaching
is very, very important thing, and when one is actually an experienced
preacher, then he is able to chant Hare Krsna mantra without any
offense. Before that, this so-called chanting ... .. And giving up all
other business to make a show of a big Vaisnava, that is
not required. Thank you very much. (end)
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I'll give you one practical instance. It is not a story; it is a
fact. It was spoken... Perhaps some of you know that my friend who
came here, Dr. Ghosh. He told me when they were students, there was a
case. In Lucknow University they were students. So there is a big
building, and two, three snake-biting case happened. So some snake
charmer was invited to find out the snake and take him. So he came. He
came and took it away, the snake. Then this Dr. Gosh and his class
friends, they were medical students. Naturally, the so-called modern
scientist, they do not believe in all these things. So they became
very inquisitive. All of them went to that snake charmer--he was a
Muhammadan gentleman. So he knew that "These students, medical
students, they have come to see the fun how the snakes are charmed."
So he (they) inquired, "What is the matter? What is the magic that you
can catch up snake and the snake cannot do any harm to you?" So he
said it is possible by mantra. By mantra it can be done. So they
challenged, "Oh, your snakes, I think they are poisonless and they
cannot bite. There is no poison. The poison teeth, the fang, is taken
away." "No, no. They have got everything." So he took one and showed
that "Here is..." So to make a fun... He had many snakes. He let them
all come out from the box. And immediately all over the courtyard,
just like courtyard, they began to run over, and all these medical
students, they became afraid. They were fleeing this side, that side,
that side. So the charmer said, "Don't be afraid. So long I am here
they'll not bite you."
So this was spoken by Dr. Ghosh, a personal experience. The mantra
has got so much power. But not that you purchase the mantra and chant.
That will not. You have to make it perfect. There is process, how to
become perfect in chanting the mantra. Similarly... It is an ordinary,
material mantra. This spiritual mantra... I have already explained.
This Hare Krsna mantra is spiritual mantra. It is not material.
Therefore I've already explained, golokera prema-dhana
hari-nama-sankirtana. It is not ordinary sound vibration, material
sound vibration, radio. No. Spiritual. Golokera prema-dhana. So if we
actually chant this Hare Krsna mantra properly, without any offense,
then once chanting is sufficient to make you free from the reaction of
all sinful life. Once chanted. There is no question of chanting
thousand times. It is said, eka hari-name jato papa hare, papi haya
tato papa karibare nare(?). Once chanting of Hare Krsna mantra can
vanquish so many, so much accumulated reaction of sinful life that a
first-class papi or a very expert papi, he cannot commit so many papa.
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The krsna-bhajana is not so easy thing. Yesam tv anta-gatam papam. One
who is completely free from the reaction of papa, he cannot (can) take
to Krsna consciousness. But in the ordinary way, karma... According to
karma... Just like you are working to earn some money, businessman,
karma. So ordinary way you have to work very hard day and night to get
some money. Suppose if you want one lakh of rupees or one crore of
rupees, you have to work for it. But there is another way. Suppose one
rich man gives you, that "You haven't got to work. Take this one lakh
of rupees or one crore of rupees. You take it." That is another way.
Ordinary way to accumulate crores of rupees, it may not be possible in
your life. But if some friend or some rich man becomes kind upon you
and delivers you, "Take it," you can get it immediately, without any
hard labor. Similarly, Krsna, the supreme rich man, supreme rich
being, is offering you, sarva-dharman parityajya mam... "You haven't
got to do anything. Come on. You surrender unto Me, and I give you
immediately liberation." Aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma
sucah. There is no anxiety….. So if you go on the ordinary way, from the karma platform to jnana platform, from jnana platform to yoga platform, but ultimately you
have to come to the bhakti platform. If you do not come to the bhakti
platform, then there is no question of liberation
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So we should not become brahma-bandhu. We should become actually
brahmana. And brahma janati iti brahmanah. One who knows Brahman, he
is brahmana. And one who knows Parabrahman, he is Vaisnava. Brahman
and Parabrahman. So Krsna is Parabrahman. In the Bhagavad-gita it is
said, param brahma param dhama pavitram paramam bhavan purusam
sasvatam divyam. So to realize Brahman realization... That is also
spiritual. That is not material. Aham brahmasmi. That is spiritual.
But that is the first appreciation of the Absolute Truth. That is not
complete appreciation or complete knowledge. Complete knowledge is
when one understands the param brahma. That is complete understanding.
Not simply Brahman: Brahman, Paramatma, and Bhagavan. Brahmeti
paramatmeti bhagavan iti sabdyate. The Absolute Truth, vadanti tat
tattva-vidas tattvam. Tattvam means Absolute Truth. What is that
Absolute? Advaya-jnanam. One. Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan. They
are not different. Advayam, the same Absolute. But it is due to my
position, angle of vision, He's realized in three different
features--Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan. That one tattva-vastu,
Absolute Truth. So to understand even Brahman, one requires to become
brahmana. Brahma janati iti brahmanah. Brahman, understands Brahman,
that is the first step. Then you have to make further progress
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Bahunam janmanam ante jnanavan. The jnana, after jnana,
there is the stage of bhakti. Without jnana, bhakti is
kanistha-adhikari. With jnana he is uttama-adhikari. These are
described by Caitanya, in the Caitanya-caritamrta. …
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Not as friend." Because friendly talking is useless waste
of time. He accepted Him as guru. When guru speaks, you cannot argue.
That is not the process. You should accept a guru who is infallible.
Otherwise it is useless. He accepted guru Krsna because Krsna is
infallible. If we accept guru, a bogus guru, then it is no benefit.Guru means Krsnas representative. Not that everyone can be guru….Still higher. From brahmana platform he has to come to the Vaisnava platform. One has to become brahma-bhuta. That is brahmana. The sign is na socati na kanksati. He does not care for anything material. He's
always satisfied. Aham brahmasmi. That is brahmana. But, in spite of
this quality, if he does not enter into the bhakti, then he's not a
Vaisnava. He may be a brahmana... This is clearly defined in the
Bhagavad-gita. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma na socati na kanksati. He's
pacified. Samah sarvesu bhutesu. He's equal to everyone. Then he's
qualified to become a devotee, Vaisnava. So unless he comes to that
stage he cannot become guru
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that soft-hearted woman, vama-svabhava, they should be given
protection. They should be trained up how to become faithful wife,
affectionate mother. Then the home will be very happy, and without
happiness we cannot make any spiritual progress. We must be peaceful.
This is the preliminary condition. Therefore, as far as possible, the
Vedic injunction is there should be division in the society,
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This is also another Vedic civilization, that if you are benefited by
somebody, you should always remain obliged to him. Siksito
yad-anugrahat. There is one Bengali proverb, guru-mara-vidya. "Guru,
you ... him first of all, then kill him. Don't care for guru." This is
demonic. By the grace of guru you learn something. Then when you learn
something, then you become greater than him, don’t care for guru. This is demonic. Even if you have learned something, you must feel always obliged…
Pradyumna: "Dhanur-veda or military science, was taught by Dronacarya
with all its confidential secrets of throwing and controlling by Vedic
hymns. Gross military science is dependent on material weapons, but
finer than that is the art of throwing arrows saturated with Vedic
hymns, which act more effectively than gross material weapons like
machine guns or atomic bombs. The control is by Vedic mantras, or the
transcendental science of sound. It is said in the Ramayana that
Maharaja Dasaratha, the father of Lord Sri Rama, used to control
arrows by sound only. He could pierce his target with his arrow by
hearing the sound only, without seeing the object. So this is a finer
military science than that of the gross material military weapons..."
Prabhupada: So there is nothing especial to be explained. The only
important part of this verse is, that don't learn guru-mara-vidya.
Even if you become more learned that your guru, you should not exhibit
it before your guru. You should always remain a fool number one. Just
like Caitanya Mahaprabhu showed Himself by His example. Guru more
murkha dekhi 'karila sasana. Caitanya Mahaprabhu was not murkha, but
He has taught us that before guru, we shall always remain a murkha.
That is advancement. Not that "I know more than guru. I don't care for
guru. Now give me blessing that I can find out some better guru." This
nonsense, if you don't find... If your guru is not perfect, then why
you are asking blessing to find out another?
Acaryopasanam. Acarya should be always worshiped. Even if you, by
ABCD, you have become more learned than the acarya... That is not
possible, but if you foolishly think like that, still, you should not
exhibit your foolishness, that you know more than the acarya. That is
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's... By His life example, He has taught us that
the more we remain ignorant, foolish before the acarya, or before the
guru, that is more we advance. Real success is how one is faithful to
his guru. That is real success. Yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve
tatha gurau. It is not by education or grammatical knowledge you can
learn anything. No. It is by the grace of the Supreme Personality of
Godhead. And that grace comes down through the grace of guru. That
grace also does not come directly. We should not be neglecting this
point….Things become revealed by devotion, not by so-called education. No…
… Therefore Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura says, yasya prasadad
bhagavat-prasadah. Not that bhagavat-prasada is achieved by education
and grammar. No. Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah. By the mercy of
guru one can achieve. That is just like a common word, "If you love
me, love my dog." So you cannot approach Krsna without loving His dog,
His servant. Satam prasangat. A person who is trying to distribute the
message of Krsna, he is very, very dear dog of Krsna. Na ca tasman
manusyesu kascin me priya-krttamah. He is very... It doesn't matter
how far he is advanced in education, how far he has learned grammar.
These are not the things. The things is how far he is working to carry
out the mission of Krsna. Then one has to receive Krsna's mercy
through the bona fide servant. Krsna cannot be bluffed by so-called
education and grammar. Krsna is not so... Bhaktya mam abhijanati. He
never says "By grammar or by education one can understand." Never
says. Bhaktya mam abhijanati yavan yas casmi tattvatah. We should be
educated, we should be very careful, but real thing is bhakti….
The sadhus, they are not interested about rhetorical or grammatical
adjustment. The sadhu wants to see who has spoken. If he's a Vaisnava,
then his word will be accepted. Caitanya Mahaprabhu strictly prohibits
that is one is not a Vaisnava, don't hear from him.
Avaisnava-mukhodgirnam putam hari-kathamrtam, sravanam naiva
kartavyam. "But he's such a learned man," or "He's writes so nicely,
correctly." But because he's not Vaisnava, one should not hear from
him. "Why? It is so nicely written." No. Sarpocchistam yatha payah.
Milk is very good food, everyone knows. But as soon as it is touched
by the lips of a serpent, it is poison immediately. Therefore it is
forbidden. And one who has no knowledge how to respect guru, how he
can become Vaisnava? ….Thakura's... Our determination should be to serve the previous guru and acarya. Evam parampara-praptam. That is our determination. Tandera
carana-sevi. Our service... Not directly Krsna. Because to serve
Vaisnava is more than serving Krsna directly.
Mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika. Krsna likes that. He doesn't accept anyone's
service directly. That is a gross mistake. Therefore Narottama dasa
Thakura is teaching us... (break) ...trying to become one with Krsna
or one with the gopis. These are all Mayavada philosophy. Tandera
carana-sevi. You have to serve the servant of Krsna, tad bhrtya
dasa-dasa-dasanudasah. That is the way. Not directly.
So here Draupadi is reminding that, yad-anugrahat siksito bhavata:
"You are neglecting his, satisfying him. Do you think if you kill his
son he'll be satisfied? Maybe his son is a criminal from all points of
view; still, ultimately, if you kill his son he'll be aggrieved…..have seen. The same thing, the affection is everywhere. So Draupadi is giving the best instruction, that "By the mercy of Dronacarya you have learned this art, and now this art you are going to use for killing his son? What is this logic?" Very good argument.
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As we receive knowledge from the acarya,
similarly, our activities, the result of activities, is carried by the
acarya to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Acarya does not accept
anything on his own account. Acarya accepts everything on Krsna's
account. That is the principle. And because he is representative of
Krsna, he is dealing on behalf of Krsna.
We have got in practical experience. Formerly, in British
government, there was viceroy. Vice means in place of and roy means
royal king. Viceroy. So this viceroy was respected as the king, as the
emperor. That is the process. When he's no longer a viceroy, then he's
not respected. But so long he is acting as viceroy... And the rule was
that whatever presentation was given to the viceroy he did not accept
it personally. It was kept in the state. So these are the process. So
guru, acarya, being representative of the Supreme Personality of
Godhead, he should be worshiped.
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Just like Prahlada Maharaja said, soce tato vimukha-cetasa
indriyartha-maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan. Because my father
has done so much injustice unto me, so Krsna wanted to give him
benediction. But he refused. "No. I do not require anything. I am
quite happy. I don't want anything. And in exchange of my service...
Because I have done some work as Vaisnava, it is my duty..." Jivera
svarupa haya nitya-krsna-dasa. "It is my duty as a servant. I have
tolerated all tribulations offered by my father. I was never
disturbed. I preached amongst my class friends. Whatever possible I
have done. But that does not mean I want some benefit. No. I am not a
baniya, vanik. Sa vai vanik. So do not offer my any benediction. I am
quite satisfied." So the question may be that "You are satisfied in
spite of undergoing so much trouble? Still, you are...?" "Yes, I am
satisfied. Yes, I am satisfied." "How?"
Tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta-magna-cittah. "Because I have learned by
the grace of Narada Muni how to chant Your holy name." That's it.
Tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta. "This chanting of Your glorification is
mahamrta, a great nectarean." Tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta-magna-cittah.
"My cittah, my consciousness, is always absorbed in the thought of
Your glorification. Therefore I am not at all unhappy." … "You are not
unhappy in spite of so much tribulation given by your father?" "Yes.
I'm not at all." This is Vaisnava. He cannot be unhappy. We see that
Prahlada Maharaja was put into so much trouble by his father. Even,
even this Draupadi, she was put into so much trouble--immediately, her
sons are killed. But she is, actually she is not unhappy. This is
Vaisnava. Vaisnava cannot be unhappy in any circumstances.
Ahaituky apratihata. That is explained. Ahaituky apratihata yayatma
suprasidati. If you become situated in Krsna consciousness, then
you'll be so satisfied that in any circumstances nobody will be able
to give you any trouble. This is Vaisnava. Yayatma suprasidati. Atma,
brahma-bhutah prasannatma na socati na kanksati. There is no question
of lamenting. But still, a Vaisnava laments not for his own purpose.
Just like Prahlada Maharaja says that na udvije para. Krsna is para.
Nrsimhadeva is para, the Supreme. "O the Supreme, I am not at all
disturbed." Naivodvije para duratyaya-vaitaranyah. Why?
Tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta-magna-cittah. "Because by the grace of
Narada Muni I have learned this art, how to chant Your holy name. That
I have learned." Tvad-virya-gayana. "I learned or not learned, but
whenever I chant, then I merge into the ocean of nectarean."
So similarly, Prahlada Maharaja says that
tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta-magna... The same philosophy, everywhere.
What was spoken by Prahlada Maharaja millions of years ago, the same
thing was perceived by Rupa Gosvami five hundred years ago, and same
thing can be perceived now also.
Tvad-virya-gayana-mahamrta-magna-cittah. If you once become merged
into the nectarean of chanting the holy name of Krsna, then you'll
always remain happy. There is no doubt about it.
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Therefore devotees, they do not expect that "Krsna will always be
very kind upon me. He may be harsh, but that is also good." Krsna or
Krsna's devotee, even he is harsh, he is unkind, so-called unkind, it
is also good. Just like Narada Muni cursed the Yamalarjuna. What is
that? Their name? The Kuvera's sons? They were cursed to become tree,
but what was the result? The result was that although they became
trees they were fortunate enough to see Krsna personally. So God or
His devotee, Krsna and Krsna devotee, you should always take that
they're always good. God is good. And the devotee is good. Either we
see that He's merciful... He's always merciful. Therefore devotees
never take anything as not merciful. Tat te anukampam. They take
everything from Krsna as sympathy, anukampa. Tat te 'nukampam
su-samiksamanah. One who can see this anukampa in reverse condition of
life, the compassion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, mukti-pade
sa daya-bhak. His right to become liberation becomes guaranteed. If
anyone accepts the mercy of God in any circumstances, and he does not
do anything wrong to anyone, such person is guaranteed to be
liberated. That is the injunction of the sastra. Thank you very much.
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Just like when Krsna was challenged by His mother that "Show me
Your face. You say that You have not eaten the earth. Your friends
complained, and You say that You have not eaten. So I want to see.
Open Your mouth." So when He opened, (s)he saw all the universes
within the mouth. All the universes. He proved, "My dear mother, not
only a little earth, but the whole universe is within My mouth."
(laughter) So when mother Yasoda was astonished, she thought something
illusory, "All right, don't do it again. That's all." (laughter) She
does not know that "Here is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. To
show me His mercy He has become my child." She does not know. She
always thinks, "He is my child. He is under my control."
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But God can be perceived, can be seen, by these senses, by these eyes,
when you purify it. That purificatory process is Krsna consciousness.
The more you purify, the more you can see God within and without. Atah
sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih. The indriya, these
senses, cannot perceive, cannot see, cannot touch, cannot hear namadi.
Unless you are purified, you cannot hear also Krsna name. Unless you
are purified, the name enters this ear and goes out in this ear. You
cannot appreciate. Therefore purificatory process is required.
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It is summarized in the Srimad-Bhagavatam that there are so many
descriptions of the incarnation of Visnu, but at the end, Vyasadeva
concludes that whatever incarnations are described here, they are
amsa-kala. Amsa means direct expansion, and kala means expansion of
the expansion. Just like Krsna, the first expansion is Balarama,
Baladeva. And the next expansion is Sankarsana, Vasudeva, Aniruddha,
Pradyumna. The next expansion is Narayana. The next expansion again
second catur-vyuha. Sankarsana again. Dvitiya-catur-vyuha. Then next
expansion, Visnu, Maha-Visnu. Next expansion, Garbhodakasayi Visnu.
And next expansion is Ksirodakasayi Visnu. In this way, there are
different expansion, but krsnas tu bhagavan svayam. Adyam purusam
sasvatam. Krsna is the original person. Therefore Krsna says, mattah
parataram nanyat. "I am not expansion of anybody."…. powerful. Although Krsna is first, Balarama is second, Sankarsana is third, like that. But do not think They are less powerful. No.Visnu-tattva means They are equally powerful. Svamsa. Ramadi-murtisu
kala-niyamena tisthan. Kala. Rama is expansion of Visnu, but it is not
that Rama is less powerful than Krsna. Nobody is less powerful.
Ramadi-murtisu kala-niyamena tisthan nanavataram akarod bhuvanesu
kintu. There are so many avataras. Krsnah svayam samabhavat paramah
puman yah. But Krsna is the paramah puman, the Supreme Being, the
Supreme Person. Krsnas tu bhagavan svayam. Everywhere. Isvarah paramah
krsnah sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah. Mattah parataram nanyat. This is the
conclusion of the sastras. So don't consider that Krsna, because He
has come, appeared in Vrndavana like a cowherd boy, never think...
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Krsna also teaches that "I am here." If you cannot conceive that
Krsna is everywhere present, Krsna personally gives you instruction,
"Here I am." Raso 'ham apsu kaunteya. Everyone is drinking water at
least four times, five times. So at the time of drinking water, or
drinking anything, if you remember Krsna then you become purified.
Mayy asakta-manah partha. That is yoga, bhakti-yoga. If you practice
only this. Whatever you drink, you drink something for some taste. So
either you drink soda water, or water, or milk, or even wine. Because
the Europeans, Americans, they are accustomed to drink wine. But if
they follow this instruction of Krsna, that "This taste is Krsna,"
then he remembers Krsna. Man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. As soon as he
brings Krsna in his mind, he becomes a bhakta. So easy. Anyone can
become krsna-bhakta if he follows the instruction of Bhagavad-gita.
There is no difficulty. Man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. This is the simple
process. Raso 'ham apsu kaunteya prabhasmi sasi-suryayoh. This is for
ordinary class of men. But if you think that you are very advanced in
learning, in Vedic literature, and Vedic mantras, yes, then Krsna
says, pranavah sarva-vedesu. That pranava-omkara, om tad visnoh
paramam padam sada pasyanti surayah. That pranava is Krsna. Pranavah
So either you become a highly learned scholar in Vedic literature
or you are simply an ordinary person, you can think of Krsna and you
become successful in your life. There is no difficulty. Raso 'ham. If
you are ordinary person... Any, every, every person drinks water or
drinks something. Let him immediately think of, as soon as he tastes,
"Here is Krsna." Punyo gandhah prthivyam ca. A flower, a rose flower,
very fragrant. As soon as you smell you can remember Krsna. "Oh, this
smell is Krsna." Actually, that is Krsna. You cannot create that….
… But even if you do not read sastra, if you always renember Krsna,
impression of Krsna. The temple is made for layman. Even woman, child,
if he sees daily Krsna here, then he gets impression. He can think of
Krsna. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto. Therefore the temple is there.
Everyone should come every day, every morning, or as many times as
possible and take the impression of Krsna and keep it within your core
of heart and think of Krsna. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam...
And offer little You don't require to study Vedanta philosophy or this
or that. Because what is the purpose of Vedanta? The purpose of
Vedanta is vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyam. You have to understand
Krsna. So if you simply think of Krsna, then you are greatest
Vedantist. Greatest Vedantist. ….
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seeing. Others, they do not understand that Krsna is the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, but the Pandavas, and the Pandavas' mother,
they know that "Here is Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead."
Alaksyam. Just like Krsna was exhibiting His virad-rupa in the
battlefield of Kuruksetra. Only Arjuna was seeing, nobody else.
So God reveals Himself to the devotee.
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plunderers. That is the statement in the Srimad-Bhagavatam.
Dasyu-dharmabhih. The government men will be all dasyu. Dasyu means
plunderer. Not pickpocket. Pickpocket, somehow or other, if you do not
understand, takes something from your pocket, and the plunderer, or
the dasyu, he catches you and by force, "If you don't spare your
money, I shall kill you." They are called dasyu.
So the, in the present age of Kali, the government men will be
dasyu. This is stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Dasyu-dharmabhih. You
can, we can see practically. You cannot keep your money. You earn with
hard labor, but you cannot keep gold, you cannot keep jewelry, you
cannot keep money. And... They will take it away by laws. So they make
… Thirty-three millions of planetsand thirty-three millions of rulers. So He wants His representative. So it is the duty of the representative of Krsna to reform these
condemned persons to Krsna consciousness. This is their duty. Krsna
wants that "These rascals, these condemned persons, who are suffering
… So it is the duty of the representative of Krsna to reform these
condemned persons to Krsna consciousness. This is their duty. Krsna
wants that "These rascals, these condemned persons, who are suffering
in this material world, and they cannot understand that 'We are
suffering...' They are making plan. No plan will be successful." Daivi
hy esa gunamayi mama maya duratyaya. You can make your plan, but it
will never be successful. The only plan will be successful. What is
that? Mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te. That is the only
plan. There is no other plan. But these rascals, they are being put
into severe penalties. Duhkhalayam asasvatam. More and mo... The more
they are forgetting God, they are put in, they are put into more and
more miserable condition. Practically we see, with the advancement
Kali-yuga, people are forgetting his relationship with Krsna, and the
price of commodity and the food grains, the price is increasing. They
cannot eat sufficiently. So many people are dying of starvation. If
they cannot eat, how they will live?
Therefore Krsna gives His instruction. He's the supreme ruler. He
gives this order: annad bhavanti bhutani: "You require food grains."
This is practical. Who will disagree with Krsna, that "We don't
require food grains; we require bolts and nuts in the factory"? Who
will say? This is practical. So they do not... Just like we see here
that, that they do not grow food grains. They are growing jute because
they will get some money, more money. But the rascal does not know
that "I will get more money, and it will be taken away next by the
food grain seller." So similarly, we are interested in industry, in
plan-making, this, that, so many things. But Krsna does not say that
"You open slaughterhouse and industries and brothels and cinema." No.
Krsna does not say. Krsna says, "Grow more food, rascal! You'll eat
and become strong." And nobody is obeying Krsna. Is it not?
Practically try to understand Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavata. Not
by sentiment. And preach this philosophy all over the world.
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Premanjana-cchurita. By prema... Prema means love. The ointment of
love, when it is smeared over the eyes, then those who are devotees,
santah, saintly persons, they can see always Krsna within his heart.
Premanjana-cchurita-bhakti. Antah. And bahih, so far experience, that
he sees everything. One who is lover of God, he can see Krsna in
everything. Whatever he sees, he sees Krsna there, because he knows
that "This thing is produced out of Krsna's energy." Take for example
a flower. A devotee sees a flower produced by Krsna's energy. He sees
the beauty of flower, appreciating Krsna's artistic sense. When he
hears the sweet voice of a bird, he immediately understands that
"Krsna is speaking so nicely through this bird." This is called Krsna
consciousness. Everywhere he sees. Antar bahih.
So if one comes to this platform to understand Krsna or to see
Krsna within and without... (break) ...by Krsna consciousness. One who
will see Krsna within and without always, twenty-four hours. Nothing,
he will see nothing. The others, they will simply say, "Where is God?
God is dead. Can you show me God?" Such persons will never be able to
understand what is God because they want to see God by challenging.
That is not possible. God is not visible by challenging. Simply by
love and surrender. Then God can be seen.
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So that sannyasi and this sannyasi is different. Anasritah
karma-phalam karyam karma karoti, sa sannyasi. So this sannyasi can be
accepted even in grhastha life, even in householder life. Because in
one sense, all these boys and girls who are working for Krsna, they
have no other desire. They are all sannyasis because they have no
desire to achieve any result out of their work. The only thing they
want: the krsna-bhakti, how Krsna will be satisfied. They are engaged
in preaching work because they want to satisfy Krsna. Krsna says,
sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja. They are teaching all
over the world the same principles, the same philosophy, that "Please
surrender unto Krsna and you will be happy." That is their message.
They have no other message. Therefore anasritah karma-phalam karyam
karoti. They are all sannyasis.
So out of... Of course, because Lord Caitanya accepted this
sannyasa, so we are maintaining that system, but actual point of
sannyasa is not mukti, but satisfy Krsna. That is sannyasa, how Krsna
will be satisfied, how Krsna's representative will be satisfied.
Because we have to work under Krsna's representative. Anything we
work, if we want to be expert, then we have to work under some expert.
Therefore we accept guru. We do not serve Krsna directly..
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Prabhupada: Yes. That is... And in Sanskrit, as in English it is A to
Z, similarly in Sanskrit, a, a, i, u, and the end is ksa. So a and
ksa, that is called aksa. Aksa-ja. And ja means generated. So we also
compose words, those who are Sanskrit scholars, they compose words
from a to aksa, just like English they compose words from A to Z.
So our mental speculation and advancement of education is limited
between this a and ksa, aksa. Aksa-ja. But Krsna is adhoksaja.
Adhoksaja means where these kinds of speculation, beginning from a to
ksa, will not act. Therefore His name is Adhoksaja. Adhah krta, cut
down. (aside:) Why they are going? They are busy in some other work?
Eh? Ugra-karma. Without hearing, what he will do, nonsense? Sravanam
kirtanam, this is our main business. Sravanam. If you don't hear, what
you will do? You will do simply sense gratification. That's all.
So this is difficulty, that we are not very much interested in
hearing. And that is the main business. Our bhakti begins: sravanam
kirtanam visnoh. We have to hear and we have to speak. But if we are
not interested in hearing and speak, then it will be the same
thakura-bari(?), simply formula. That's all. And gradually it will be
stopped. Unless there is life of sravanam kirtanam, these big, big
buildings, temples, will become burden. So if we are, if we want to
create burden for future, then we may give up this hearing and
chanting and sleep very nicely. It will be burden. Galagraha. Not
sri-vigraha, but galagraha. Galagraha. Sri-vigraha means worshipable
Deity. So if we give up this sravanam kirtanam visnoh, then it will be
thought that "Our Guru Maharaja has given a burden in the neck,
galagraha." This is the danger. So we must be very much alert in
sravanam kirtanam. Otherwise all this labor will be futile. This
building will be only the nest, nest for the doves and the pigeons.
That is the danger. That is being done. Nobody is interested. Such,
Now, who is, who can understand Krsna? There are so many
impediments. One side, there is curtain of maya; another side,
everyone is a rascal and fool; and another side, Krsna is beyond your
sense perception. This is the position. How much one must be alert.
Then one can understand. Just like the Gosvamis. Is Krsna is so easy
thing to be understood? But there is process. So if we do not adopt
the process, then how we can understand Krsna? These are the so many
difficult things. One side, one thing is the maya is checking. Maya is
trying to put stumbling block for your advancement of spiritual life.
Maya-javanikacchannam. And the other side, we are all fools and
rascals. And the, again, Krsna is adhoksaja, beyond the range of sense
perception. This is the position.
So unless we become very serious to understand Krsna, it is very,
very difficult to understand Krsna. Maya-javanikacchannam. On the one
side, Kunti says, antar bahir avasthitam: "Krsna, You are within..."
Isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese. Krsna is not far away. Krsna is
always with you. He, He's so friendly that just like two birds... It
is said in the Upanisads: the one bird is eating the fruit of the
tree; another bird is simply guiding and seeing. Because this material
world, living entity wanted to enjoy. Just like you have seen that the
dog and the master. The master is so friendly to the dog out of love.
It is a dog, but when it is passing stool, he's waiting. Why? Is the
duty of the master to wait because the dog is passing stool? No. Out
of love. Out of love. We can see from practical example. Similarly...
The master may be a great millionaire, but still, he loves the dog so
much that on the morning walk he takes his dog and the dog is passing
urine... What, what business dog has got? To pass urine and stool and
go this way and that way. But the master is attending. Similarly, God,
or Krsna, is so affectionate that we have come here in this material
world simply to pass stool and urine, still He's attending. Still,
He's attending. Just imagine what merciful is Krsna….
…what you want more. Sarvasya caham hrdi sannivistah. Krsna says, "I am
sitting in everyone's heart." Why? "Just to give him the facilities.
This rascal living being has come to the material world to till the
field to get some result. All right. Let him do that." Just like
children play on the beach, do all nonsense, and the father sees, "All
right, you have finished your business? Come on." So Krsna is like
that. He is simply seeing. We are acting so nonsensically, and Krsna
is giving us... The same way, a dog passing stool and urine, the
master is attending. Or the father is seeing. The children are playing
on the beach. They're making big, big house on the sand, and it has
nothing, no value, but Krs..., the father is giving the opportunity,
"All right, do it."
…value of this eye? Therefore Krsna says, "Yes, you can see Me, but
according to My direction. You see Me: raso 'ham apsu kaunteya. You
can see. It is very easy for you. You see Me in the water. While you
taste, while you drink water, you see Me. I am the taste." So you are,
everyone drinks water, and we get some taste. Otherwise why he's
drinking water. So that taste, if you remember that "Here is Krsna,"
simply by tasting water, simply by drinking water, if you follow
Krsna's instruction, one day you'll be a devotee. Krsna is so kind.
Simply by drinking water. Simply we have to know how to see Krsna.
…power, then more power, more power. So... But they'll not take the
instruction of Krsna, the instruction of spiritual master. So they
want to remain mudha-drsa, rascal and fool. And still they want to see
Krsna. This is the difficulty. Na laksyase mudha-drsa. If you do not
improve your eyes according to the direction of sastra...,
sadhu-sastra-guru, these three things, then how you'll see Krsna?
Krsna is saying. That is sastra. Sastra means what is said by the
Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is sastra. And guru. Guru says
the same thing. And sadhu says the same thing….
… Sadhu-guru test means they do not change the words of Krsna. They
do not say, "Now I have manufactured something. Krsna says that 'You
can see Me in the taste of water.' I can say that you can see in this
way: 'You see me and you will see Krsna.' " Just (as) the Mayavadi
says, "You think of me." In the Aurobindo Ashram, there they have no
other business. The disciples are advised that "Whatever you like, you
can do. You should always think of Aurobindo." Just like Krsna says,
man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru. I inquired from the
inmates of the Aurobindo Ashram. So I (inquired,) "What do you do?"
"That we think of Aurobindo." They are... Because Aurobindo thinks
that he is Krsna. As Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah, so they
advise that "You think of me." So the inmates, they think and smoke
bidi and cigarette. That's all. I have seen it. So these things are
going on. Mudha-drsa. If we want to remain mudha-drsa, then it will be
difficult for us to see Krsna. We have dedicated our life to see
Krsna, to talk with Krsna, to play with Krsna, to have Krsna as our
son, to have Krsna as our friend, to Krsna as our lover. If this is
our ambition, then we should not remain a mudha-drsa, foolishly...
…condition. Pranipatena, sampurna, fully surrendered. Otherwise there
is no meaning of making a guru. It is not like that, a pet dog, that
"Everyone makes guru, and let me guru, let me have a guru." But that
is not the... Guru means first of all the condition is pranipata,
fully surrendered. Not that "If I like, then I shall carry your order.
And if I don't like, then I shall not do it." That is not acceptance
of guru. Pranipata. First of all, we must agree. So because friends
and friends talking... A friend may agree with his friend. He may not
agree with... That is friendly talk. But Arjuna became sisyas te 'ham:
"I am now Your sisya, disciple. Now there is no question of
disagreeing with You. Whatever You'll say, I will accept." So at last
Krsna said, "Surrender unto Me." And Arjuna did it. That is the whole
purpose of Bhagavad-gita. He changed his decision.
… So the... It is the process. During lecture time, if we don't care
to hear or we do other things or take rest, that is not very good
sign. We should be very much careful. Then we shall remain mudha-drsa.
Nato natyadharo yatha. We have taken the vow to see Krsna or to
understand Krsna. We should be very, very serious and do the needful.
Then our life will be successful.
Thank you very much. Hare Krsna. (end)
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So in the beginning, if you take to Krsna consciousness, there will
be so many disturbances by the maya. Maya will test you how far you
are fixed up. She will test you. She is also agent of Krsna. She does
not allow anyone who is meant for disturbing Krsna. Therefore she
tests very rigidly whether you are..., you have taken Krsna
consciousness to disturb Krsna, or you are actually serious. That is
maya's business. So there will be in the beginning test by maya, and
you will feel so much disturbances in making progress in Krsna
consciousness. But if you remain steady... Steady means if you follow
the rules and regulations and chant sixteen rounds, then you will
remain steady. And if you neglect, then maya will capture you,
immediately. Maya is always ready. We are in the ocean. At any moment,
we will be disturbed. So therefore one who is not disturbed at all, he
is called paramahamsa.
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many people. Therefore temple is required. Temple is required. The
innocent persons, those who are neophyte, for them, temple worship is
essential. By seeing the Deity, by offering obeisances to the Deity,
by taking caranamrta, by ringing the bell, by dancing, by taking
little prasadam, by touching the feet of Vaisnava or touching the body
of Vais..., in this way they're getting piety. This chance is given
therefore to the ordinary... There is no question of becoming muni in
the beginning. How it, one can be? It is not possible.
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kind of... We understand revolution means political revolution. One
kind of political thoughts are overpowered by another kind of
political thoughts. That is called revolution. So the English word is
revolution, and the Sanskrit word is viplava. So tad-vag-visargo
janatagha-viplavah. If such literatures are presented... Just like we
are presenting. We are not very big scholar. Our... We have no such
qualification that we can compose very nice literature. There may be
so many mistakes or... Whatever it may be. But it is revolutionary.
That is a fact. It is revolutionary. Otherwise, why big, big scholars,
professors, university authorities, librarians, they are taking? They
are thinking they know that this literature will revolutionize the
whole world. Because there is, in the Western world, there is no such
thought. They agree. So why it is revolutionary? Because there is an
attempt to glorify Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Nothing
more. There is no literary career.
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So I shall request even the drunkards... In your country, there are many
drunkards. There is no scarcity. So if you'll kindly remember when
drinking wine that this nice taste of drinking is Krsna... Just begin
with it. You'll come out one day a saintly person, Krsna conscious.
It's so nice, practical.
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Throughout the whole world, whatever knowledge is there, in the
Srimad-Bhagavatam, everything is there. There is literature, there is
poetry, there is philosophy, there is religion, there is love of
Godhead, there is astronomy. Everything is there. Srimad-bhagavatam
amalam puranam. Vidya bhagavatavadhih. If one simply reads this
Srimad-Bhagavatam, his education is the topmost. Vidya
bhagavatavadhih. There is something topmost, ultimate. So for
education, vidya, this Srimad-Bhagavatam. If one studies
Srimad-Bhagavatam, he is well versed in every subject matter.
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The Bhagavata says don't waste your time for this bread problem.
Don't waste your time. Tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovido na labhyate yad
bhramatam upary adhah. Don't waste your time how to solve your
economic problems. This is nonsense. Of course, it is very
revolutionary. People will hate me. "What Swamiji's speaking?" But
actually this is the fact. This is another madness. Suppose you have
got your rich father, enough food. Where is your economic problem?
This is madness. There is no economic problem. If you are, if you know
that "My father is the richest man of the city," then where is my
economic problem? Actually, that is the position. We have no economic
problem. Everything is there, complete. Purnam adah purnam idam purnat
purnam udacyate. Everything is complete there. You want water. Just
see: there are oceans of water. You want purified water. You cannot.
Although the ocean water's so much, when there is scarcity of water,
you have take help of Krsna. He'll evaporate the water, He'll make it
cloud. Then when it falls down, then it becomes sweet. Otherwise you
cannot touch. Everything under control. Everything is full--water,
light, heat. Everything is complete. Purnat purnam udacyate, purnasya
purnam adaya purnam evavasisyate. His stock is never finished. Simply
you become obedient and the supply is there. You can understand.
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So we should take to this Krsna consciousness movement according to
the sastra. Sri... I am very pleased that you are doing nicely,
dressing the Deity very nicely. More and more, in this way offer Krsna
nice prasadam, nice foodstuff, nice dress. Keep the temple very clean.
Sri-mandira-marjanadisu. Marjana means cleansing. Either you dress
Krsna or cleanse the temple, the effect is the same. Don't think that
"I am a cleanser and he is a dresser." No. The dresser and the
cleanser are the same. Krsna is Absolute. In any way, be engaged in
Krsna's service. Your life will be successful. This is Krsna
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are different kinds of yogas: karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, dhyana-yoga,
hatha-yoga, many others. Yoga means "contact" or "having connection."
So bhakti-yoga means directly connection with Krsna, or God. That is
bhakti-yoga. Other yogas, they are not directly connected.
Karma-yoga... Yoga means connection with Krsna, or God, but when
there is the word karma-yoga, it is adulterated. It is not pure yoga.
yat karosi yad asnasi
yaj juhosi dadasi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya
tat kurusva mad-arpanam
That is karma-yoga. Whatever you doing... In the beginning one cannot
take to pure bhakti-yoga. Therefore karma-yoga is recommended: "Never
mind whatever you doing. In that position you can become a devotee."
Karma-yoga, that is. People are interested with different types of
work. So therefore Krsna says, yat karosi. "Never mind whatever you
are doing." So how it becomes karma-yoga? Now, kurusva tad
mad-arpanam: "You give it to Me." Suppose you are doing business, and
you are earning lots of money. So Krsna says, "All right, go on. You
are attached to business. You go on doing that. But the money earned
out of your business, you give it to Me." This is karma-yoga, not that
you earn money and spend for your sense gratification. That is not
karma-yoga. The rascals, they are saying this is karma-yoga. For sense
gratification they are using, and that is karma-yoga. No. That is not
karma-yoga. Here is karma-yoga: "It doesn't matter, whatever you are
doing, but the ultimate result, you give it to Me."
.. In another place, Krsna says, karmany evadhikaras te ma phalesu
kadacana: "You can go on. You can go on with your business, but don't
expect the fruit of the business." Ma phalesu. He indirectly says,
"The fruit should be given to Me." Ma phalesu kadacana: "Don't expect
the fruit." Suppose you grow a nice mango tree, and there will be
fruit, nice fruit. So according to Bhagavad-gita, it is said, ma
phalesu kadacana: "You don't take the fruits." "Oh? Such a nice mango
tree I have nourished in so many years. Now the fruit is there, and
Krsna says, ma phalesu kadacana: 'Don't take the fruit.' Then who will
take the fruit? It is will rot? It will fall down on the ground, and
it will rot?" No. The idea is "You don't take, but you give it to Me."
This is karma-yoga. It is not that it should be wasted. So that is
karma-yoga. So those who are karmis, very much attached to material
activities, for them, this karma-yoga is recommended. Some way or
other, be connected with Krsna. It is not so meant... It is very great
achievement that you work hard earn money and give it to Krsna. That
is a great sacrifice. So by karma-yoga, also, you can satisfy...
….through his scientific knowledge. Similarly, if you are a medical man,
you can explain also Krsna through medical science. If you are
engineer, you can explain also Krsna through engineering. Krsna can be
explained. But the person who is explaining, he must be intelligent.
Because Krsna is everything, so simply we must have the intelligence
how to explain engineering and come to the conclusion of Krsna. Sri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu was doing that. He was teaching grammar. So when
there was question of dhatu, He was explaining Krsna. So the students,
some of the students, they did not like that explanation. So therefore
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had to wind up His school because they did not
So Krsna can be... Krsna is everything. Simply one must have
sufficient knowledge how to see Krsna through everything. That is
maha-bhagavata. Sarvatra haya nija ista-deva-sphurti. Whatever he
sees, Krsna, because actually Krsna is everything. So there...,
61. 730415SB.LA Lectures
So Hrsikesa. Krsna is the supreme controller. Hrsika. Hrsika means
senses. So we are enjoying our senses, but ultimately the controller
is Krsna. Suppose this is my hand. I'm claiming it is my hand: "I
shall give you a good fist on your..." I'm very much proud. But I am
not controller. The controller is Krsna. If you, if He withdraws the
power of the activity of your arm, you become paralyzed. Although you
are claiming, "It is my hand. I shall use it," but when it is
paralyzed, you cannot do anything. Therefore I may have possessed this
hand by the grace of Krsna, but I am not the controller. That is Krsna
consciousness. Therefore a sane man will think that ultimately if this
hand is to be controlled by Krsna. Then it meant for Krsna. This is
the common sense understanding. I am claiming that "This is my hand,
this is my leg, this is my ear." Even children says. You ask the
children, "What is this?" "It is my hand." But we may claim, but
actually it is not our hand. It is given for... Because I wanted to
use my hands in so many ways, Krsna has given: "All right, you take
this hand. Use it." So it is gift of Krsna.
Therefore a sane man is always conscious that "Whatever I have got
in my possession, first of all, this body and senses, they are
actually not mine. I have given all these possessions for utility. So
if ultimately everything belongs to Krsna, why it is not utilized for
Krsna?" That is Krsna consciousness…
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sun-god," and Arjuna became doubtful: "What Krsna is saying? He is my
contemporary. I do not know how He knows." So he questioned that
"Krsna, how can I believe You, that you spoke this, this philosophy to
the sun-god millions and millions of...?" So Krsna explained, "Yes, at
that time, you were also there because you are My constant friend. But
the difference is you have forgotten; I have not forgotten. That is
the difference." Svarat. Abhijnah. …
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Just like that child, Sarasvati's, preaching, "Do you know Krsna?" He
says, "No." "He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead." Simply say
like that, "He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead," and "Chant His
holy name, Hare Krsna." If you do this, then you are preacher; you are
spiritual master. It is so nice. You don't require to become very...
Caitanya Mahaprabhu says that yare dekha tare kaha krsna-upadesa. He
does not say that you become a learned Vedic scholar. That is the goal
of Vedic scholarship. If you simply know that Krsna is the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, then your Vedic study finished. You are M.A.,
doctor of Krsna philosophy, simply if you know this. You may not know
in details, but if you simply believe, firmly convinced, that "Krsna
is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is my master. He is my
savior," in this way, if you accept, then you become perfect, and you
64. 741004SB.MAY Lectures
the responsibility to raise the fatherless children. So Dhrtarastra
took charge as the eldest member. So maya is very strong. He began to
think that "Actually this kingdom belongs to me. I am the eldest son,
but because I am born blind, therefore it was given to my younger
brother. Now he is dead. Now he's dead, so the property belongs to me.
Some way or other, it was transferred to my younger brother. Now the
younger brother is dead. Then again I become proprietor. So at least I
could not rule over the kingdom, why not my sons?" This was the
beginning. Just like one of our Godbrothers, he's thinking that "This
institution was started by me and Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati as
partners. Now the senior partner is dead. Therefore I am the sole
proprietor. Who are these Godbrothers? Let them go away." So this is
maya, the same maya Dhrtarastra was thinking.
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Padam padam yad vipadam. This we always remember. We
should not be so fool that "I am living very now comfortably." No,
sir. You are in danger. That is said by Krsna. Duhkhalayam asasvatam.
You do not take this material existence as comfortable at any moment.
Then you'll not be able to make progress in spiritual life. As soon as
you think that "I am very comfortable here," then you are spiritually
fall down. That is maya. As soon as...
… The Battle of Kuruksetra was forced upon the Pandavas by
the Kurus. Still, Arjuna was not willing to kill them. Just see. He's
Vaisnava. He never thought of, that "My, these cousin-brothers, they
have given us so much trouble. Why I shall be sympathetic upon them?"
No. Still, he was sympathetic. Why? Now, because he was a Vaisnava.
That is Vaisnava. Para-duhkha-duhkhi krpambudhir yas tam aham
prapadye. Vaisnava is so tolerant. They suffer; still, they do not
want others' suffering. So this is Vaisnava.
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Dehantaram means you have to accept another body. If you do not know
what kind of body you are going to get... You can know it. That is
stated in the sastra, that if you have got such and such mentality,
you get such and such body. So in a comfortable position, if I keep
myself in the dog's mentality, then I am going to get my next life as
dog. Then what is the value of this comfortable position….
Therefore we give different varieties of engagement, Krsna
consciousness. We should not divert our energy. Now when we are
selling book, that is Krsna consciousness. We are selling book. But if
we think that the selling book may be diverted into selling jewelry,
that is not very good idea. That is not very good idea. Then we become
again jeweler. Punar musika bhava. Again become mouse. …
Therefore Bhismadeva, while he was dying... He was grandfather of
the Pandavas. So when the Pandavas came to see him on his deathbed, so
he cried that: "These boys, my grandsons, they're all very pious.
Maharaja Yudhisthira, the topmost pious person. His name is
Dharmaraja, the king of religiosity. He is the eldest brother. And
Bhima and Arjuna, they are devotees and so great hero. They can kill
thousands of men. They're so powerful. So Yudhisthira, Yudhisthira is
there, and Bhima is there. Arjuna is there, and Draupadi is directly
the Goddess of Fortune. There was this injunction that wherever
Draupadi will be there, there will be no scarcity of food. In this
way, the combination was so nice and over and above them, Krsna is
always with them, and still they are suffering." So he began to cry
that: "I do not know what is the arrangement of Krsna that such pious
men, such devotees, they are also suffering."
So don't think that: "Because I have become a devotee, there will
be no danger, no suffering." Prahlada Maharaja suffered so much. The
Pandavas suffered so much. Haridasa Thakura suffered so much. But we
should not be disturbed by those sufferings. We must have firm faith,
firm conviction that: "Krsna is there. He'll give me protection."
Kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati. Don't try to take
benefit of other shelter than Krsna. Always take to Krsna.
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So as soon as we employ ourself in the service of the Lord, immediately we become
liberated. Immediately. there is no question of passing through some
process. This very process, to engage oneself, engage one's senses in
the service of the Lord, means he is liberated.
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So samam carantam... This God is equally kind, equally merciful,
but we fight. We, I mean to say, disagree in religious principle. That
is due to Kali. Not this Kali. Kali means due to our fighting spirit.
It is not God. God is equal to everyone. We fight because we have got
misconception. So we think that this religion is better than that
religion, or that religion is better than... Every religion must be
good, provided one is God conscious. We say that. So many people
question in the Western countries, "Whether one can attain perfection
by following Christian religion?" Why not? You can also attain. But
who is following? First of all, let me see who is following Christian
religion. The Christian religion says in the beginning, first
commandment, "Thou shalt not kill," and you are simply killing. So
where is Christian? Christian religion is not bad. No religion is bad.
But where is Christian? Where is Hindu? They are all godless rascals.
Therefore there is misunderstanding. Otherwise, if everyone is God
conscious, if everyone knows that God is present everywhere, "Whatever
I do, He will see. He'll see as sunshine. He'll see as moonshine.
He'll see as water..." Raso 'ham apsu kaunteya. No... Who can avoid
water? Who can avoid sunshine? Who can avoid moonshine? Nobody can. So
God says, "These things are I am." Raso 'ham apsu kaunteya prabhasmi
69. 741009SB.MAY Lectures
Canakya Pandita says, candala-vesmani. Candala means untouchable, the
dog-eaters. In the Vedic conception, the dog-eaters are untouchable.
Actually they should be untouchable. Meat-eaters are untouchable,
especially... There are different kinds of meat-eaters. Some eat the
goats, some mutton, some cows, some hogs, and some dogs. Just like the
Hindus: they eat goats, but they do not eat cows. Some religious
conception. And the Muhammadans, they use, eat cows, but they do not
eat pigs. Harama. The Muhammadans say, "To eat pig is harama." So
everyone has got some distinction. But the candalas, they eat
everything, up to the dogs. We have seen in Korea. And in China also,
they eat dogs. Here, in India, Assam side, there are dog-eaters. So
there are different kinds of flesh-eaters. And you'll find in Ayur
Vedic dravya-gana, there are so many different types of meats and
fleshes described, and the eating such flesh, what benefit or harm is
there, that is described. So formerly, how they were analyzed.
70. 730422SB.LA Lectures
There was a caricature-picture in some paper. Perhaps you remember.
From Montreal or here, I don't remember. One old lady and her husband,
sitting, face to face. The lady is requesting the husband: "Chant,
chant, chant." And the husband is answering: "Can't, can't, can't." So
this is going on. We are requesting everyone: "Please chant, chant,
chant." And they are replying: "Can't, can't." This is their
misfortune. This is their misfortune.
So still it is our duty to make all these misfortunate, unfortunate
creatures fortunate. That is our mission. We therefore go in the
street and chant. Although they say: "Can't," we go on chanting. That
is our business. And, somehow or other, we push on some literature in
his hand. He is becoming fortunate. He would have squandered his
hard-earned money in so many nasty, sinful ways, and if he purchases
one book, never mind what is the price, his money is properly
utilized. The beginning of Krsna consciousness is there. Because he is
giving some money, hard-earned money, for this Krsna consciousness
movement, he is getting some spiritual profit. He's not losing. He's
getting some spiritual profit. Therefore our business is, somehow or
other, bring everyone in this Krsna consciousness movement. He will be
71. ■741010SB.MAY Lectures
But the purpose is this that... Visnu-sahasra-nama is recommended to
be chanted by common man. But sastra says that after chanting one
thousand of Lord Visnu's name--there are hundreds and thousands of
names--it is equal to if you chant once Lord Rama's name. Similarly,
if you chant three times Lord Rama's name, then it is equal to once
chanting Krsna's name. So we understand or not understand, if we chant
Hare Krsna, the result is there. Without any offense, if we chant,
then the result is... Once chanting of Krsna's name is so powerful
that immediately the chanting makes you free from all kinds of
reaction of sinful activities. Eka krsna-name yata papa hare, papi
haya tata papa kari bare nare(?). The papis, they are very much expert
in committing sinful activities, but Krsna, this holy name, once
chanted, is so powerful that this expert sinful man cannot commit so
many crim..., I mean to say, sinful activities. This is there. So some
way or other, if we offenselessly chant Hare Krsna name, it is so
72. 741011SB.MAY Lectures
The Vallabhacarya made a book of Krsna's various names. And
he came to Caitanya Mahaprabhu to request Him to hear that how he has
described Krsna's name. At that time, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said
that "I know Krsna's two names: Syamasundara and Yasodanandana."
Syamasundara, "beautiful Syama, Krsna." Yam syamasundaram
acintya-guna-svarupam. He's not syama--syama means blackish--but at
the same time, the most beautiful. Here in this material world, if
somebody is blackish, he cannot be called beautiful. But Krsna,
although He is blackish, He is sundaram, very, very beautiful. How
much sundaram? Kandarpa-koti-kamaniya-visesa-sobham. Kandarpa-koti. If
you keep one side millions of Cupids, still, Krsna will appear more
beautiful. Just like we sing, nitai-pada-kamala, koti-candra-susitala.
Koti, millions of moons together, they cannot be so peaceful and cool
as the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda. These examples are given in the
sastra. They are not exaggeration but actual fact. And we have to take
it in good faith. Then we'll make advance in spiritual life.
Otherwise, if we think these things are exaggeration in the sastras or
by the devotees, that is aparadha, offense….
There is one thing, bhaya. Everyone is afraid of something. That is called bhaya. So there is the personified bhaya, bhih. So he's also afraid of Krsna. Because Krsna
is the supreme being, controller, isvarah paramah krsnah, so He can
control... Just like the superintendent of police. So everyone is
afraid of the superintendent of police. Especially those criminals,
they are very much afraid. But why the governor should be afraid of
the police superintendent? As that is not possible, that is unnatural,
similarly, if there is any director of the fear department in the
kingdom of Krsna, so he's afraid of Krsna because everyone is servant.
Ekale isvara krsna ara saba bhrtya. Whoever may be... Just like
Goddess Kali. She is personified fear. Just see, just imagine the
bodily feature of Goddess Kali. She is killing all the asuras. So many
asuras has been killed that all their heads have been made into a
garland, and she is putting on the shoulder. And one asura killed, and
she has taken the head in the left hand. And the other hand is engaged
with the, what is called, chopper? Khanga. What is the English of
khanga? Devotee (2): Sword?
Prabhupada: Yes. And the, she's standing, bhih, bhir api. Bhih means
personified, personified fearfulness. So those who are criminals, they
worship Kali, Goddess Kali: "Mother, please excuse me. I, I am
criminal. I'll give you one goat."
So these things are going on in the name of worshiping God. But
that is not God worship. That is worshiping the fearful personified by
the criminals. Just Durga... Kali is expansion of Durga. …
position, dasi. Mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te. The
bhih, the fearful feature of Krsna's potency, can only excuse you when
you are surrendered to Krsna. Otherwise, you have to suffer these
material pangs. …
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Prabhupada: So there are two Malayas. One Malaya hill and one, this
Malaya... Malaysia, now it is known as. Formerly, in this part of the
world, Malaysia, they were growing sandalwood in great, large scale.
Because 5,000 years ago, there was good demand for sandalwood. Every
person should use the sandal pulp. Because in India, it is tropical
country. So this is a good cosmetic. Still, those who can afford
during very warm day of summer season, if you apply pulp of sandalwood
on your body, you feel no warm. It is cool. Yes.
So it was the system... Still that is going on, but a very small
scale. That everyone, after taking bath, he should smear over the body
with sandalwood pulp. It will keep the body whole day nice, cool and
calm. So that was the cosmetic. Now, in the Kali-yuga, that is called
prasadhanam. Just like, every country, the system is, after taking
bath, you dress your hair, add something scented. So in India it was
the system that after taking bath, having tilaka, going to the Deity
room, offering obeisances, then the prasadam, candana-prasadam was
taken from the Deity room and it was used. This is called prasadhanam.
In Kali-yuga, in the, it is said that: snanam eva hi prasadhanam. If
one can take bath nicely, that is prasadhanam. So much. No more this
cosmetic or sandalwood oil or rose scent or rose water. These are
finished. That snanam eva prasadhanam. Simply by, taking bath...
… So it is not our business to criticize, but the symptoms of
Kali-yuga is very, very severe, and it will grow more and more. We
have simply passed 5,000 years only of the Kali-yuga, but the duration
of Kali-yuga is 400,000, 432,000 of years, out of only we have passed
5,000 years. And after passing 5,000 years, we find so many
difficulties, and the more we grow in this Kali-yuga, the days will be
more and more difficult. So best thing is that you finish your Krsna
consciousness business and go back to home, back to Godhead. That will
save you. Otherwise, if we come back again, the difficulties, the
difficult days are ahead. We have to suffer more and more.
74. 741012SB.MAY Lectures
understanding aham brahmasmi, this will not... Suppose if you have got
money, and you are aware that you are very rich man. So simply
thinking that you are very rich man and you see your money in the
treasury, you'll be happy? No. When the money is utilized in so many
ways for your gratification, then you are happy. Similarly, simple
understanding, aham brahmasmi, this realization, will not make you
happy. You have to utilize his Brahman's position. That means bhakti.
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So our business is not to realize simply that "I... aham
brahmasmi." That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, brahma-bhutah
prasannatma. When you understand that you are not this body but you
are spirit soul, then, actually, if you realize, then, if I
understand... Na jayate na mriyate va. The soul does not die. Then
here the karmis are working very hard because he's upset that "If I do
not work hard, if I do not get money, then I shall die out of
starvation." But if you are actually Brahman realized, if you
understand that "I'll not die," then where is your activities? You'll
not die. If somebody, some physician, gives you a tablet: "Now you
take this tablet. You'll not die," then you'll stop working
immediately, because "I'll not die." So brahma-bhutah prasannatma.
"That is all right. Now I am spirit soul. I understand I will never
die." That is prasannatma. Na socati na kanksati. There is no need of
lamentation. Samah sarvesu bhutesu. But mad-bhaktim labhate param. If
you do not take to devotional service, simply by realizing that you
are Brahman will not help. And by devotional service, you can become
76. 730426SB.LA Lectures
Prabhupada: No, you, it, find the difference that the dead body is
more weight. Why? Why? Because the spirit soul is not there. These are
experimented even by the scientists. So the, the, this world is
floating in the air because the spirit soul is within it. Therefore it
is floating. That is explained in the Bhagavad-gita. Gam avisya. "I
enter and dharayamy aham ojasa." So as soon as the spirit soul will be
off, everything will be destroyed. The destruction of this cosmic
manifestation is like that.
77. 741014SB.BOM Lectures
In each of them... Gam avisya. Dharayamy aham ojasa. Krsna says in
the Bhagavad-gita that "I enter into each planetary system, each
universe, and by My power I hold it. It is floating." Why it is
floating? Because Krsna is there. The atheist may not believe it, but
it is a fact. It is a fact. How? Just like an animal or a man, while
he is living, he can float in the air or in the water. That everyone
has seen. But if the man is dead, it will not float. It will fall
down. Is it not a fact? So why it is floating? Because a very small
particle of Krsna's spiritual potency is there. That is living entity.
Big, big... An elephant, he can also float in the water, and the
horses, elephant, and what to speak of man? This is practical. Because
a small particle of the Supreme is there within this body... Dehino
'smin yatha dehe. Very small particle. How much small? One
ten-thousandth part of the top of the hair, so small. It has got so
power that it can hold the whole body floating in the air. Air...
There are very, very big, big birds. They are floating in the air,
very, very big eagle. They fly from one planet to another. Their
resting place is... They start from one planet, and they go and rest
in other planet. And they lay their eggs while flying. That eggs also
become a bird simply by air cohesion. That's all.
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death personified. Mleccha-nidhane. Mleccha means meat-eaters. Those
who are meat-eaters, fish-eaters, they are mlecchas. Mleccha-yavana,
they are called, according to Vedic... So people are becoming
meat-eaters nowadays. I have... There is no secrecy. Formerly, at
least in India, the meat-eaters used to eat meat very secretly. We had
seen in our childhood. If somebody will meat-eat, it was not allowed
within the house. They, formerly, rich men, they used to keep Muslim
servants as the caretaker of the horse or the carriage driver. So in
the (horse)(?) stable(?) they would secretly cook some meat, and the
so-called Babu, Zamindar, will eat. It was not allowed. And those who
are not rich men--poor men, sudra class--they would go to Kali-ghata,
and get one goat, sacrifice there, and cook there and eat, then come
back. Meat-eating was not at all allowed. The higher caste, especially
the brahmanas, they would never touch. Still in some provinces, in
Maharastra provinces, in Madras... Of course, they are now taking.
So meat-eaters means mleccha. So now that is increasing,
meat-eaters. So when wholesale population will be meat-eaters,
mleccha, they'll not understand anything about spiritual matter--"Why
it is forbidden?" because the meat-eaters, they cannot understand
anything about spiritual matter. It is very difficult. Vina pasughnat.
puman virajyeta vina pasughnat
This chanting of Hare Krsna maha-mantra is possible by a person who is
nivrtta-tarsa. Nivrtta-tarsa. Nivrtta means finished. Brahmany
upasamasrayam. We have to finish this material business before we can
understand spiritual thing. If one has got still inclination for
material things, it is useless waste of time for him to understand,
try to understand what is spiritual thing. So nivrtta-tarsair
upagiyamanat. Actually the holy name of Lord can be chanted by a
person like Haridasa Thakura, who has no other desire, material
desire. But those are not like Haridasa Thakura, they may take...
Bhavausadhi. If he chants, then gradually he'll be released from this
material disease. For them, this is the chance. Actually it is meant
for liberated person like Haridasa Thakura. Then why we are chanting?
We are chanting--ceto-darpana-marjanam--to cleanse our heart, to cure
the material disease.
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Here it is said that avidya-kama-karmabhih. By ignorance, they are
thinking by opening factories they will be happy. That is avidya. He
does not know that this is ignorance. Why you should open factory?
That is... This is called ugra-karma. There is no need of opening
factory. You have got land. Here are so many lands. You produce your
food grains. Annad bhavanti bhutani. You eat sumptuously food grain,
milk, and that will be available without any factory. The factory
cannot produce milk or food grain. The present scarcity of foodstuff
means everybody is engaged in the city, producing bolts and nuts. Who
is producing food grain? This is the solution of economic problem.
Annad bhavanti bhutani. Therefore we are trying to engage our men to
produce their own food. Be self-sufficient so that these rascals may
see that how one can live very peacefully, eating the food grains and
milk, and chant Hare Krsna. This is our mission.
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Nitya, daily. Not that aradhana after one week or one month. No.
Nitya, twenty-four hours. So you should have such program for
worshiping the Deity that you may be engaged twenty-four hours,
twenty-four hours. Sri-vigraharadhana-nitya, nitya-nana,
nitya-nana-srngara, dressing, decorating. Daily, new dress, or twice
new dress, or four times new dress. As much as you can. Srngara. This
is called srngara. Krsna is opulent, the most opulent enjoyer. And we
should supply. We should supply by which He can enjoy. Just like if
somebody gives me a new dress, so I say: "Oh, it is a new dress. Very
nice." So that is my enjoyment. Similarly if you satisfy Krsna daily a
very gorgeous dress Just like today I see it is very nice This kind of
dress should be supplied to Krsna. First-class clothing, first-class
Everything first-class. No third-class thing for Krsna. All
first-class. The gopis must be first class, the dress must be
first-class, the eating foodstuff must be first-class, the sitting
place must be first-class, more than first-class. That is called:
Cleansing the temple as clean as glass, always. Everyone remarks this
that our temples are very clean. Yes. Temple means must be very clean.
The more you cleanse the temple, the more your heart becomes cleansed.
This is the process. The more you dress Krsna, you become satisfied.
At the present moment, we are accustomed to see my dress. "How costly
dress I have got, I become satisfied..." No. When by dressing Krsna
you'll feel satisfied, that is spiritual satisfaction. That is
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see Krsna alone. (aside:) Why everyone is coughing? What is the
difficulty? Yesterday also I heard. What is the difficulty?
Devotee: I think there's a cold going around.
Devotee: I think there's a cold going around, a lot of people.
Prabhupada: But you have no sufficient warm cloth, so you are
affected? That you must arrange. You must take care of your health.
Yuktahara-viharasya yogo bhavati duhkha-ha. In the Bhagavad-gita it is
said, yuktahara. You should take food just to maintain your health
nicely. Similarly, other necessities of body must be taken care of. If
you become diseased, then you can execute Krsna consciousness? Just
like Brahmananda could not go today. So we must be careful. We should
not more or less. Better eat less than eat more. You'll not die by
eating less. But you may die eating more. People die for overeating,
not for undereating. This should be the principle. Here... Medical
science always forbids not to eat more than you require. Voracious
eating is the cause of diabetes, and undernourishment is the cause of
tuberculosis. This is the medical science. So we should not take
under, neither more. In children case, they can commit the mistake of
taking more, but adults, they cannot commit. This mistake, taking
more. Children, they can digest. All day they are playing.
So anyway, we should take care of our health also. Sanatana
Gosvami, he was suffering from itches, very much, and Caitanya
Mahaprabhu was embracing him. So the, the itches were wet itches.
There are two kinds of itches, wet and dry. Sometimes itching spot is
dry, and sometimes it is wet. After itching, it becomes wet. So
Sanatana Gosvami's body was all covered with wet itches, and Caitanya
Mahaprabhu was embracing him. So the wetness, the moisture was
sticking to the body of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. So he felt it very much
ashamed, that "I am suffering from itches, and Caitanya Mahaprabhu's
embracing, and the wet thing is smearing over the body. How much
unfortunate." So he decided that "Tomorrow I shall commit suicide
instead of allowing me to be embraced by Caitanya Mahaprabhu." So next
day Caitanya Mahaprabhu inquired that "You have decided to commit
suicide. So do you think this body is yours?" So he was silent.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that "You have already dedicated this body to
Me. How you can kill it?" Similarly... Of course, from that day, his
itches were all cured and... But this is the decision, that our body,
those who are Krsna conscious, those who are working for Krsna, they
should not think that the body belongs to him. It is already dedicated
to Krsna. So it must be kept very carefully, without any neglect. Just
like you are taking care of the temple because it is Krsna's place.
Similarly... We should not take overcare, but some care we should take
so that we may not fall diseased.